Like pretty much every other surfer over, say, 20, I vividly remember the very first issue of SURFER magazine that I saw. It was the summer of 1967, and at age 11, recently transplanted with his family to Hawaii, taking up surfing was a natural thing to do; just what you’ve done, like wearing rubber flip flops to school or learning to speak pidgin.
All that changed in a few moments, when I visited the room of an older neighboring child, I saw on his desk a magazine titled SURFER. Cover image: Jock Sutherland, squatting with a Pipeline curl. Nice shot. But even more intriguing are the accompanying covers: “Huntington US Championships”, “Mickey Dora on Malibu”, “The Death of Killer Dana”, “Japan Surfatorium”, “New USSA Champ”.